BMW is one of Germany's top automobile, motorcycle and engine manufacturing company.
BMW, Audi and Mercedes-Benz are Germany’s best-selling luxury carmakers in the world. The Bavarian company was founded in 1916 and has its headquarters in Munich. It also owns and produces Mini cars, and is the parent company of Rolls-Royce Motor Cars.
BMW is the latest in a series of automakers to agree to a recall over the past year. There have been concerns about passenger airbags in a number of models after five fatalities in the US and Malaysia were linked to defective passenger side airbags made by Takata.
To create a coupe, the car designers cut a little off the top, style the rest and charge the car buyer a fair bit extra. Drive It! takes a good close look at the BMW 4 Series coupe and decides that, under the surface, it's little more than a normal 3 Series. It just costs some €3,000 more. Is the coupe worth the money?
German automakers and the government had hoped to see 100,000 quiet, clean e-cars purring along Germany's roads by this year. But the reality looks very different. The consumer demand for electric vehicles is weak, and the carmakers are developing new models with little guarantee that they will find many takers.
BMW developed new model structures when it introduced the 4-series. Even numbers are coupes; odd numbers, sedans. Even the sporty M models are being forced to toe the new line. After four generations, the M3 coupe has become the M4 coupe. That made room for a new M3, this time in the shape of a sedan.
BMW's i3 pioneers the revolution of electric cars. The company claims its low weight means one battery charge will take you 160 kilometers. The interior is made of carbon-fiber-reinforced plastic, the chassis is aluminum. The vehicle weighs just over 1200 kilograms. We tested it in everyday driving.